The federal eviction moratorium expired over the weekend and initially put the housing security of possibly millions of families in jeopardy.

Then the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new order that is supposed to temporarily halt evictions in areas that are experiencing an increase in coronavirus cases, also citing significant transmission of the delta variant. As of Aug. 1, the CDC said more than 80 percent of U.S. counties were classified as experiencing substantial or high levels of community transmission.

“It is intended to target specific areas of the country where cases are rapidly increasing, which likely would be exacerbated by mass evictions,” the CDC said in its order.

The extended eviction ban is effective through Oct. 3.

But the moratorium still leaves a lot of room for evictions to continue — depending on where people live. As the court bureaucracy kick-starts for those not covered by the new ban, here is what renters facing possible eviction need to know.

As of June, over 6 million people were behind on rent. Landlords across the United States are still owed about $27.5 billion. (Monica Rodman, Sarah Hashemi/The Washington Post)

What to know

  • How long do I have before my landlord can evict me?
  • What are my rights as a renter?
  • Can my landlord just kick me out now?
  • What should I do if my landlord tries to illegally lock me out of my rental?
  • Can I negotiate with my landlord to avoid eviction and catch up on the past-due rent?
  • What bills should I pay if I can’t afford all my expenses?